The seat that the Society had installed in Parkgate Road, at the junction with Buggen Lane, was destroyed recently. As people walking between Neston and Parkgate appreciate being able to sit and rest, we plan to replace the seat shortly.

On March 16th, Professor Rob Smith talked about the History of Leahurst. This replaced the previously advertised film and talk about Lady Hamilton. Leahurst, on Chester High Road, is part of Liverpool University, where veterinary students are trained, animals are treated, and research is conducted.

At the November AGM, Brenda Marple was elected as Chairman. She is a Town Councillor, lives in the centre of Neston, and is active in many local organisations.

On October 19th, the Society planted three trees at Neston High School, for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, for Reg Chrimes and for Norman Angel. Reg and Norman were long-standing members of the Society, and both dedicated their lives to the Neston community. They were instrumental in the establishment of secondary education in Neston.  

Penny Chrimes wrote ‘I just wanted to say a really heartfelt thank you for the tree planting ceremony yesterday. It was very moving and so appropriate to have a magnolia tree – which Dad loved – planted in a place that meant so, so much to him. And amongst people to whom Neston is so important.’ 

Mike Chrimes added ‘I would also like to add that looking at the photographs I took this morning, the overwhelming expression on people’s faces is one of joy. To be part of a joyous occasion will be an abiding memory for us all.’ 

Peter Angel said ‘I too would like to thank you all for making the tree planting ceremony on Wednesday so special: it was both a joyous and a moving occasion. Rachel, Daniel and I are very pleased and touched by the Neston Civic Society’s decision to honour my father and Reg in this way. My thanks to everyone associated with making the tree planting ceremony possible.’

Members of the families of Reg Chrimes and Norman Angel attended, alongside Head teacher Keith Simpson, Mayor Pat Kynaston, Neston Councillor Keith Millar and Little Neston Councillor Louise Gittins.

Newsletter 104 has been distributed to members, an attractive and professional publication. The Editor, Mike Shipman, has decided ‘now would be a good time to retire’, so the Society is looking for a volunteer or a team to take over. 

The newsletter also includes articles about changes in the High Street, recent planning decisions, news from around Wirral and Chester, notes on the three talks so far this year (on Burton Manor, Puddington and Planning), the Ruby Holloway Bequest, and Town Council activities.

Please look at ourTown Trail and our Tree Trail: go to About Neston, and download as pdfs.

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